This week a small Tampa, Florida-based builder, ERC Homebuilders, is launching a "soft" IPO, hoping to raise $100 million to build more than 1,000 rental homes across the state. It is offering investors private shares using Regulation A+, a form of investment crowdfunding that allows small companies to raise limited funds from the general public. Accredited and nonaccredited investors can participate.
Due to the high price of real estate in Sri Lanka, rental properties are a more convenient alternative for many. Expats find a house for rent in Sri Lanka a cheaper option compared to houses for sale in Sri Lanka due to tax reasons. Vacation rentals are on a short term basis and ideal for tourists. But those who move to the country for the long term can find fully furnished houses with a range of facilities in highly residential areas. Air conditioned bed rooms are important, especially due to the tropical weather and hot summer days. Rent in Sri Lanka varies based on the location. In the city centre the average price of a single story, 1 bedroom house for rent is likely to be Rs. 40-60,000 while outside the city centre the rent is much lower between Rs. 15-25,000. A 2 to 3 bedrooms’ house is ideal for an average family with dining and living rooms, house located close to local amenities. The surrounding facilities also affect the house rent. 

In 2017, 37,000 homes were built as rentals, according to the National Association of Home Builders. That grew to 43,000 last year, or just under 5% of total single-family housing starts. But that is just homes built and held by builders for rent and doesn't include those sold directly to investors, so the numbers are likely larger and growing more quickly.

Popular areas like the Galle Road are important business hubs and offers plenty of commercial property. Multi story house owners sometimes let out their ground floor for business outlets or offices. Renting property is all too common among businesses too. Lands for sale in Sri Lanka has been experiencing a rise in value with the ever increasing demand for real estate from both locals and foreigners. New business start-ups have triggered a range of property developments such as mixed developments, luxury condominium and modern houses in different parts of the island. Luxury houses for rent are a growing market within properties in Sri Lanka. Since popular cities such as Colombo, Galle and Kandy fall into the high price zone in Sri Lanka, houses for rent is a cost-effective option for many in current times. The country’s low cost of living and unique natural beauty makes this a wonderful living destination.
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